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Follow the leader- Captain Schneider setting the tone

Coming into his second and final season with the Langley Rivermen, 20-year-old Jordan Schneider wasn’t sure what kind of role the ‘Riv coaches had in mind for him. It wasn’t until his one on one meetings after training camp when he found out he would be named team captain.

“Bobby Henderson and Kurt Astle gave me the news during our meeting, and right away I was pretty excited and honoured for the opportunity to lead this team,” said Schneider.

2015-16 is Schneider’s fifth season of Junior “A” hockey. Before joining Langley in 2014, the Toronto native suited up for the St. Michaels Buzzers for three seasons. In a total of 98 games, he recorded 24 points (3 goals, 21 assists) and in the 2012-13 campaign won an OJHL championship with the Buzzers.

“Jordan is a very committed person and handles himself like a professional. He is a warrior on the ice and sacrifices his body to win games and sets a great example for our younger players to look up to,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.

For Jordan, bloodlines run deep as he is the son of former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who played in 1289 career games and registered 744 points (223 goals, 521 assists) and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1992-93 season.

“I was lucky to have the chance to be around the pro game at such a young age. Being able to hang out in the locker room with my dad and his teammates that I idolized was pretty cool. I got to see first-hand what it takes to make it to that level and how hard you have to work on a daily basis,” Said Schneider.

Asked which teammate of his fathers he looked up to the most, Schneider rattled off a list that included Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, and Doug Gilmour.

After putting up 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) in 52 games last year for the Rivermen, Schneider earned himself a scholarship to Clarkson University for the fall of 2016. Clarkson is an NCAA Division I school that is located in Potsdam, New York and plays out of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).Before dawning Golden Knights colours, Schneider’s focus is the immediate future with the Rivermen.

“I want to help bring a championship to Langley. We have the players that can do it, that’s for sure. We are a skilled team that works extremely hard night in and night out and if we continue to get better every game, I have no doubt that we will have a great year,” finished Schneider.

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